Filmmakers make a beeline to shoot in Uttarakhand
Over a dozen film and television projects have been shot in Uttarakhand ever since the hill state brought into force its film policy earlier this year, promising a single window clearance for shooting permissions across the statdehradun Updated: Dec 11, 2015 17:42 IST
Over a dozen film and television projects have been shot in Uttarakhand ever since the hill state brought into force its film policy earlier this year, promising a single window clearance for shooting permissions across the state.
The state has pledged to clear all shooting projects within a week’s time, failing which an application would be deemed approved.
Some of the major projects shot here so far include Bollywood star Ajay Devgn’s directorial venture Shivaay (Mussoorie), actor Dia Mirza’s travel show (at multiple locations) and actor Himani Shivpuri-starrer Kumaoni film (Pithoragarh).
KS Chauhan, the nodal officer of information and public relations department, who facilitates shoot permits, said film permissions were being cleared by the government swiftly.
“This has not only enabled more shoots to take place in the state but also relieved the film units from going through the hassle of applying for permits at multiple locations,” Chauhan said.
The government has already earned revenue of Rs 3.25 lakh from the films, he added.
“The film and TV shoots will also give a boost to tourism in the hill state, which was being considered unsafe by many in the country post the 2013 disaster,” said Abhimanyu Negi, a film enthusiast.
Earlier, many shootings in Uttarakhand — including a big-budget TV serial produced by filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker — reportedly suffered due to stringent and time-consuming process of obtaining permission from local authorities.
While the government is rejoicing, a section of film experts said that shooting in Uttarakhand would not get a major push until the government managed to address other infrastructural and procedural requirements of the shooting teams, especially in the remote areas.
“The shooting teams need more facilities like good roads, quality accommodation, food, equipment and other supportive behavior of local authorities. Many teams are facing troubles on that front,” said Pradeep Bhandari, former president of Uttarakhand Film Television and Radio Association.
Bhandari said lack of such facilities might discourage filmmakers to return to the state for future projects.
Besides hill state’s regional cinema, a large number of films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Student of the Year, Dehradun Diary, Mere Brother ki Dulhan, Kisna and Aisha among others have been shot in the hill state in the past.